KEEPING WATCH is a three-year initiative designed to foster collaboration across disciplines and interest groups – working with artists, historians, writers, scientists and environmental groups – to engage, inform and inspire the public about better protecting our environment.

By creating a network among a variety of projects going on around these topics, we will engage the public in multiple ways, targeting multiple audiences: through visual arts, public exhibitions, online multimedia presentations, public events and community engagement.

  • What creek is in your neighborhood? Where did it come from and where is it going? Why was Charlotte settled amidst so many streams and creeks? Are urban streams and creeks important? Where does rainwater go? Don't miss your opportunity to learn the answers to these questions, join us at these fun and informative events.

  • The initiative is led by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture and independent arts curator June Lambla of Lambla artWORKS. Learn more.

  • Want to know more about why plastics are a concern? What can you recycle in Charlotte and elsewhere in Mecklenburg County? And why can't we recycle No. 6 plastic? How do Charlotte and the United States compare to other countries? Join us to learn more about plastics and recycling.

2014 America Recycles Day & Creek ReLeaf

Mecklenburg County's recycling center processes about 60,000 tons of recyclables a year. Photo: Nancy Pierce

A Friday “sustainability fair” in uptown Charlotte will mark the city’s participation in America Recycles Day. The event will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  at The Square (Trade and Tryon steets).

A weekend to help clean Mecklenburg waterways

Big Sweep, Mecklenburg County’s annual creeks and lakes cleanup, will be Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services sponsors the annual clean-up as part of the statewide effort to promote litter free communities and environmental stewardship.